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Books About Aid for International Students

  1. Gregory A. Barnes, The International Student's Guide to the American University, National Textbook Company, Lincolnwood, Illinois, 1993. $12.95. 208 pages. Includes a 15-page chapter on financial aid. To order a copy, write to NTC Publishing Group, 4255 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646-1975.

  2. College Board, College Handbook: Foreign Student Supplement, College Entrance Examination Board, College Scholarship Service (CSS), New York, 1996. $16 plus $8.31 for overseas shipping. To order a copy, call 1-800-323-7155 or write to College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886. For more information, call 1-212-713-8165 or fax 1-212-713-8143.

  3. Sidonia Dalby, Sally Rubenstone and Emily H. Weir, The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America, Macmillan, New York, 1996. ISBN 0-02-860581-0 ($12.95). 170 pages. A book for international students about studying in the US. Includes a 20-page chapter about financial aid. To order a copy, call 1-800-716-0044 or 1-317-228-4366, fax 1-800-882-8583 or 1-317-228-4304, write to Macmillan Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, or send email to You can also write to Macmillan General Reference, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, or call 1-800-261-8783.

  4. Marguerite J. Dennis, Complete College Financing Guide 1995, 3rd edition, Barron's Education Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-81201-635-1 ($14.95 plus $2.32 shipping in the US or $15.69 for overseas shipping). 282 pages. Revised edition of Dollars for Scholars. In addition to providing an overview of financial aid, this book covers federal and state aid, financial planning, EFC calculations, loan counseling, college costs and financial aid, alternative loans, employer tuition assistance programs, and cutting college costs. It also includes a list of programs for veterans, graduate students, minority students, female students, disabled students, and health professions. One chapter is devoted to funding for international students wishing to study in the US. To order a copy, call 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

  5. L. Victoria Hall (ed), Foundation Grants to Individuals, 9th edition, Foundation Center, New York, March 1995. ISBN 0-87954-604-2 ($65 plus $4.50 shipping to US destinations or $11 overseas shipping). Order code GTI9. 630 pages. Updated annually. This book contains listings for more than 2,650 foundations that make grants to individuals, including those that provide educational support (scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans). The information is based on IRS Form 990s and responses to questionnaires. The book includes subject, grant type, geographic, sponsor, and school indexes. This is a key reference work and is very carefully researched. It includes a few scholarships and fellowships for international students. To order a copy, call 1-800-424-9836 or 1-212-620-4230, fax 1-212-807-3677, or write to Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076.

  6. Brian Harris, Scholarship: A Handbook of Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Assistance for Canadian High School Graduates, 7th edition, Canadian Guidance Services, 1997. ISBN 0-929-079-18-4, 256 pages. $19.95 plus $5 shipping and $1.75 GST ($26.70 total). This book lists scholarships and awards available to Canadian high school students for use at Canadian colleges and universities. It omits university-specific bursaries and local awards, listing a total of about 575 sources, with most awards greater than $500. The book is organized by province and covers all of the Canadian provinces. It does not include an index. Revised every 2 years. To order a copy, call 1-905-332-0083, write to Canadian Guidance Services, 2042 Coral Cres., Burlington, Ontario, L7P 3K5, CANADA, or send email to

  7. Ian Jacobs and Ellen Shatswell, International Students' Guide to the USA, Princeton Review, New York, 1996. ISBN 0-679-76913-7 ($15.00). 207 pages. Although this book presents an excellent overview of study in the US, especially its treatment of Visa requirements and US customs and culture, it overstates its coverage of financial aid. After seeing 'financial aid' highlighted on the cover, you'd expect to see more than 2 pages on this topic inside. To order a copy, fax 1-212-874-0775, call 1-800-REVIEW-6 or 1-202-483-4660, write to Princeton Review Publishing, 2315 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10024, or send email to

  8. Anna J. Leider, Victoria A. Fabisch, Joseph M. Re and William F. Shanahan, Scholarships for International Students: A Complete Guide to United States Colleges and Universities, 1986-88, 1st edition, Octameron Press, Alexandria, Virginia, 1986. ISBN 0-91776-084-0. 271 pages. For more information, call 1-703-836-5480 or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA 22301.

  9. Lisa M. Muto and Paul A. Bohlmann, The Harvard College Guide to Grants, Office of Career Services, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994. ISBN 0-943747-14-7 ($13 + $2 shipping and handling in US, $10 shipping and handling for overseas orders). 304 pages. This book provides general information about grantsmanship for college students and recent graduates and detailed information about the major national grant and fellowship competitions. It also includes information about grants for study in the US (organized alphabetically within arts, humanities, science, social science, and unrestricted categories), grants for study overseas (by geographic area), internships, and an extensive bibliography. There are sponsor and student characteristic indexes, as well as a separate index for women and minority students. The book lists a total of 253 awards. To order a copy, write to Publications, Office of Career Services, Harvard University, 54 Dunster St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or call 1-617-495-2595.

  10. NSERC Awards Guide, National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), September 1991. ISBN 0-662-58481-3. 75 pages.

  11. NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Guide, National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), September 1991. ISBN 0-662-58482-1. 75 pages.

  12. NSF, A Selected List of Fellowships and Other Support Opportunities for Advanced Education for U.S. Citizens and Foreign Nationals, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, 1993. NSF Publication 93-147. Lists fellowships. 76 pages. Available for free on the World Wide Web. Revised periodically; the previous edition was published in 1988.

  13. Marie O'Sullivan (ed), Funding for US Study - A Guide for International Students and Professionals, Institute for International Education (IIE), Princeton, New Jersey, 1996. ISBN 087206-219-8 ($39.95 + $4 shipping in US or $16 shipping to other countries). 462 pages. This book provides information about financial assistance for international students to study in the US, including more than 600 sources of funding for international students (mostly for graduate and postdoctoral programs, but some for undergraduate students). The listings are organized according to the student's country of origin. The book also includes basic cost information for US undergraduate and graduate institutions. To order a copy, call 1-301-617-7804 or 1-800-445-0443, fax 1-301-953-2838, write to IIE Books, PO Box 371, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0371, or send email to Payment should be by Visa, Mastercard, or check in US dollars drawn on a US bank. For more information about IIE programs, call 1-212-984-5330 or 1-212-883-8200, or write to US Student Programs, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580.

  14. Rotary Foundation, Educational Awards Handbook, Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois, annual. Free. For a copy, call 1-708-866-3000 or write to Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.

  15. Clara L. Simerville, Home visits abroad: A guide to planning personal and professional visits, with some suggestions for entering a foreign culture, National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, Oregon State University Press, 1961.

  16. Ellen Wise Sivon, Private sector funding available to foreign scholars and students in the United States, National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC, 1984. 54 pages.

  17. Student Financial Services, The Financial Aid Book, 2nd edition, Perpetual Press, Seattle, Washington, 1996. ISBN 1-881199-30-4 ($19.95). 557 pages. This book lists approximately 3,300 sources of financial aid, including about 450 listings for international students. The book is broken down into separate sections for scholarships, loans, and fellowships. Don't be misled by the numbering scheme which makes it appear to have 5,600 listings; there are many gaps, with the actual number of awards a little over 3,000. The book is of reasonable quality and accuracy. This book includes indexes for field and various student characteristics. Previously entitled Directory of Private Scholarships, Loans, and Internships/Fellowships. If you order this book from the distributor (Independent Publishers Group, 814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610; phone 1-312-337-0747, fax 1-312-337-5985) or a bookstore, the cost is $19.95. If you order it as part of a 'program' that includes The Government Financial Aid Book direct from Student Financial Services (Perpetual Press, PO Box 45628, Seattle, WA 98145-0628), the price increases to $74.95!

  18. Deborah L. Vance and Deborah Ahlstedt, U.S. Federal Income Tax Guide for International Students and Scholars, NAFSA Association of International Educators, 1996. Item number 1450. $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. 144 pages. This is a comprehensive guide to taxes for international students, including information about the tax treatment of scholarships, fellowships, and grants. To order a copy, call 1-800-836-4994, fax 1-412-741-0609, or write to NAFSA Publications, PO Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143.

  19. Allan Wernick, The International Student Handbook, American Immigration Law Foundation, Washington, DC, 1992. ISBN 1-878677-42-X ($10.95). 209 pages. This book does not provide any information about financial aid, but does provide a lot of information that international students may find helpful. To order a copy, write to American Immigration Law Foundation, 1400 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.

  20. W. Wickremasinghe (ed), Scholarships and Grants for Study or Research in the USA, 2nd edition, American Colleagiate Service, Houston, Texas, 1989. ISBN 0-940937-01-8 ($23.95). 151 pages. This book contains a compilation of financial aid opportunities available from colleges, US foundations, and international organizations for study and research in the US. To order a copy, call 1-713-493-9863 or write to American Colleagiate Service, PO Box 442008, Houston, TX 77244.

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